Trogg

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Trogg
Tunnel Trogg.jpg
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Tribal chieftains

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Caverns

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"Once ye've seen one trogg, ye've seen 'em all."
Sten Stoutarm

The troggs are a race of brutish, cave-dwelling humanoids, originally descendants of the first type of titan-forged manufactured by the Forge of Wills. Known for their low intelligence, they often come into conflict with their distant dwarven relatives.

History

Origin

Following their war with the Old Gods, the titan-forged keepers set to work creating a new generation of titan-forged by using the Forge of Wills. However, their initial designs proved too complex, and the result was a race of stone-skinned brutes known thereafter as "troggs". Distressed by the savage creatures, the keepers refined their design, resulting in the earthen race. The keepers could not bring themselves to destroy their already-existing defect creations, and instead the giantess Ironaya created the vault of Uldaman to serve as a stasis chamber for the troggs. However, some troggs later managed to escape the vault and began wandering the world.[1] One group somehow managed to make their way into Deepholm via Uldum more than fifteen thousand years ago.[1][2] These troggs were not afflicted by the Curse of Flesh, unlike their cousins on Azeroth, and are therefore known as stone troggs, the "true form" of troggs.[3]

During the reign of the mogu empire, Emperor Tian encountered troggs. The emperor, who needed messengers and deliverymen, warped the troggs using flesh-shaping, enhancing their strength, smell and sense of direction, creating the first grummles.[4]

Recent history

A typical trogg.

Buried deep within the earth, the troggs lay undisturbed for thousands of years until the dwarves excavated titan strongholds, such as Uldaman. Once disturbed, the troggs poured out of the ground, eager to take out their aggression on their distant dwarven cousins.[5]

During the Third War, the gnomish capital of Gnomeregan was invaded by countless troggs. The traitorous Sicco Thermaplugg convinced High Tinker Mekkatorque to release poisonous gas to kill the troggs, but instead it had the opposite effect; the gas empowered the troggs and instead wiped out nearly eighty percent of the gnomish population, as well as turning many of the survivors into leper gnomes.

During the Cataclysm, an earthquake destroyed the home of the Rockjaw tribe of troggs in Coldridge Valley. Believing the dwarves to be responsible for the earthquake,[6] the Rockjaws came to the surface in numbers never seen before and lashed out in anger at the nearby dwarves of Anvilmar.[7] The hordes of troggs also forced the Frostmane tribe of ice trolls to move east, causing the trolls to come into conflict with Kharanos.[8]

A large amount of troggs in Loch Modan were also enslaved by Tunnel Rat kobolds loyal to the Axis of Awful. The kobold geomancers managed to create some kind of parlor trick to control the brutes, as the troggs are ultimately "creatures of the earth".[9]

Culture

A trogg in the TCG.

Force of will and a strong sense of cunning are the only driving factors in the psyche of the trogg. Troggs are known to engage in cannibalism; they consume stone and anything else they can acquire — including other troggs.[10] In trogg society, the biggest, strongest, and most vicious trogg often becomes chieftain through displays of power.[11]

Though they are cunning in battle, troggs usually do not possess high intelligence. Instead, they depend on their ferocity and tough hides to see them through. Most are vicious fighters, though some slightly more intelligent troggs have become spell casters as well.[5]

Some troggs are known to hoard titan artifacts, and some luminaries in Ironforge's prestigious Explorers' League have pointed to this behavior as a reflection of the dwarves' own reverence for such wondrous devices.[12] Exquisite specimens of trogg engineering are nearly indistinguishable from simple rocks,[13] and their most advanced craftsmanship apparently takes the form of using rocks as tools.[14] However, troggs are also known to have developed axes, arrows, and even rudimentary spoons.[15]

According to High Examiner Tae'thelan Bloodwatcher, one must not be so hasty as to overlook the troggs. While they may be simple, they know things about the deep, hidden places of the world.[14]

Notable

Bestiary Thumb Rockjaw Trogg.gif
Name Role Status Location
Combat  Argh Brawler's Guild gladiator Killable Bizmo's Brawlpub, Deeprun Tram; Brawl'gar Arena
Combat  Boss Bruggor Leader of the Rockjaw tribe Killable Frostmane Hold, Dun Morogh
Combat  Boss Galgosh Stonesplinter chieftain Killable Ironband's Excavation Site, Loch Modan
Combat  Brawler Guard of Grawmug Removed Formerly Stonesplinter Valley, Loch Modan
Combat  Feegly the Exiled Dwarf exile who turned into a trogg after being exposed to the  [Tear of the Moons] Killable Southern Barrens
Combat  Gasherikk Appeared during Operation: Gnomeregan Removed Gnomeregan (Operation: Gnomeregan)
Combat  Gnasher Guard of Grawmug Removed Formerly Stonesplinter Valley, Loch Modan
Combat  Grawmug Leader of a Stonesplinter incursion in Loch Modan Removed Formerly Stonesplinter Valley, Loch Modan
Boss  Grimlok Stonevault chieftain Killable Stone Vault, Uldaman
Boss  Grubbis Wanders Gnomeregan with his pet basilisk, Chomper Killable Hall of Gears, Gnomeregan
Combat  Hammerspine Presumed leader of the Rockjaw tribe Killable Gol'Bolar Quarry Mine, Dun Morogh
Combat  Magosh Stonesplinter tribal shaman Killable Ironband's Excavation Site, Loch Modan
Combat  Morloch Trogg champion claiming Irondeep Mine Killable Irondeep Mine, Alterac Valley
Combat  Murdaloc Bane of Agmond Removed Formerly south of Agmond's End, Badlands
Combat  Oggleflint Former chieftain of the Ragefire troggs, now serving as food for Adarogg Deceased Ragefire Chasm
Boss  Revelosh Thief hoarding Titan artifacts Killable Hall of the Keepers, Uldaman
Neutral  Warosh Ogre mage cursed into a trogg by Urok Doomhowl Alive Hordemar City, Lower Blackrock Spire

Groups

In the RPG

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Background

A trogg on the cover of Lands of Conflict.

The creature is a grotesque parody of a dwarf, with oversized head, bent spine, arms that drag along the ground, and a mouth filled with ragged, oversized teeth. It wears rough, smelly hides and carries a crude club covered with spatters of blood. The creature is barrel-chested and powerfully-built, with a thick forehead and jutting lower jaw. Malicious cunning is apparent in its deep-set eyes.[16][17]

Troggs have a distinctly neanderthal look — low, sloping forehead; thick skin covered with bristly black hairs; and the long arms and bent spines of an ape.[17] Troggs are a barbaric, almost "caveman-like" race with very low intelligence but a great capacity for violence of all kinds. They were the titans’ first attempt to create life from living stone, but the experiment was a failure. Dwarven scholars postulate that the experiment went wrong due to the interference of the Old Gods.[16] (The successful second attempt gave rise to the dwarven race.) When the titans saw how brutal and misshapen the troggs were, they buried them in vaults all over the land that would become Khaz Modan. The main vault of troggs was the old Titan city of Uldaman in Khaz Modan. There they stayed for countless ages, until the dwarves began excavating Uldaman. The dwarves dug too deep and released the troggs from their ages-long slumber. Now the troggs have begun to spill out of every deep hole to spread terror across the dwarven kingdom. The troggs have an unnatural hatred of their “pretty” cousins the dwarves. They may be dumb, but they are hell-bent on taking out their aggressions on the dwarves.[16]

They are dull-witted and savage, but possess a ferocious cunning that makes them dangerous despite their lack of civilization. Troggs are related to dwarves, but if anything, the two races are distant cousins. Some legends say that both dwarves and troggs descended from the original earthen race left behind by the titans after the world was shaped in ages past. While the dwarves evolved into the stocky creatures known today, the troggs retained a stronger connection to the stone from which they were made. For reasons not yet fully understood, the troggs’ evolutionary path led them to their present state — crude, stupid creatures only barely above the level of beasts. Troggs look and act nothing like their distant cousins, however. They dwell in rocky areas, but don’t mind living above ground if they must. They eat just about anything, supplementing their diet of plants and raw meat with dirt and rocks they crush between powerful, flat teeth. The resulting gravel helps with digestion and is partially absorbed into their bodies, increasing their toughness. Troggs stand about 5 feet tall in their normal hunched-over state, but if they draw themselves fully erect, they exceed 6 feet in height. They weigh around 300 pounds. Troggs do not speak, but can make themselves understood with guttural growls and grunts.[18]

Troggs are brutal and cunning in battle (indeed, that is their approach to most things in life). Their flesh is living stone, offering them a useful natural armor.[16] Troggs lack subtlety in combat (or in anything else, or that matter). They typically rush toward the closest opponent and bash it over the head until it dies, then move on to the next victim. A trogg usually begins combat by raging.[19]

Troggs are usually barbarians. Warriors and rogues are less common, with healers and elemental shaman being the only known spellcasting classes (though even they are exceedingly rare). Arcane casters are wholly unknown among the troggs, as are tinkers. Some scholars argue that with proper education a trogg could learn such skills, but so far no one has bothered to try teaching them. While hunter might seem to be a logical class for a trogg, that class is rare among them — apparently these creatures lack the patience required for animal handling. Although an adventuring trogg is not an impossibility, such a creature would have many hurdles to overcome — the primary ones being stupidity and language. Troggs are almost universally brutish, primitive menaces in civilized lands. They are ugly, smelly, barbaric savages that most would sooner kill than look upon. A trogg that could get past these social stigmas would be an exceptional individual indeed.[19]

Culture

Troggs worship the massive reptiles known as salamanders. Troggs will attempt to capture and train young salamanders as mounts. If these primitive humanoids slay or encounter a slain salamander, they will feast on its remains and make crude armor and weapons from its claws, teeth, and hide.[20]

Language

Troggs do not normally speak, although they can use grunts and bellows to get their messages across. Troggs with exceptional intelligence sometimes learn to speak Low Common; truly gifted individuals might learn Common or Dwarven.[19] Some troggs use Low Common or Dwarven as their primary languages.[16]

Trivia

  • Before their origin as the first generation of titan-forged to be manufactured by the Forge of Wills was revealed in Chronicle Volume 1, several older sources implied that the troggs were the direct result of earthen being afflicted by the Curse of Flesh.[21][10]
  • Brann Bronzebeard has theorized that kobolds (and, by extension, snobolds) evolved from troggs.[22]
  • "Trogg" is a reference to the word "troglodyte", meaning "caveman". The model name for troggs is troglodyte.
  • Despite not actually being directly related to dwarves, there has actually been a witnessed transformation from dwarf to trogg: the case of Feegly the Exiled. Several members of the Horde assisted Feegly in acquiring a relic of the titans, excavated from the archaeological dig in Bael Modan, in the southern reaches of the Barrens. Upon receiving the item of his desire, Feegly proceeded to rub the artifact, named by the dwarves to be  [Tear of the Moons]. Chanting Power! Glorious power!, Feegly was transformed into one of the fearsome troggs. He died moments later, and the Tear of the Moons fell to the ground and shattered, leaving no trace of the mysterious jewel to be studied.
    • Some other dwarves considered the troggs to be mutants.[23]
  • Warosh was an ogre mage of the Spirestone clan until he challenged Urok Doomhowl. Urok stole  [Warosh's Mojo], and then cursed Warosh into the form of a trogg.
  • Before the introduction of the mechagnomes, it was suggested by some players that the gnomes were somehow related to the troggs.

In Hearthstone

Hearthstone This section concerns content exclusive to Hearthstone.
Uldaman, now that's the place for a true explorer! Venomous scorpions, creepy stone guardians, ancient Titan machinery. . . it's great! Well, except for the Troggs. Nobody likes Troggs.[24]

Troggs were first introduced to Hearthstone with the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion. Many trogg cards gain in power whenever an enemy spell is cast; this may be meant to be a representation of their low intelligence and inability to learn magic, and that they therefore become angered when spells are cast near them. Alternatively, this may depict the trogg absorbing or "eating" the spell, as the triggered effects of both the Burly Rockjaw Trogg and Stonesplinter Trogg cards are labeled as "Metabolized Magic".

In the League of Explorers adventure, a giant trogg called Chieftain Scarvash serves as the first boss of the adventure's second wing, Uldaman.

Gallery

Hearthstone

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.3.0 (2017-08-29): The trogg model has been updated.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 60
  2. ^ N [82] To Stonehearth's Aid
  3. ^ N [82] We're Surrounded
  4. ^ The Mogu and the Trogg
  5. ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 179
  6. ^ A [2] Give 'em What-For
  7. ^ A [1] Hold the Line!
  8. ^ A [6] Frostmane Aggression
  9. ^ A [13] A Nasty Exploit
  10. ^ a b Lore Keeper of Norgannon
  11. ^ Adventure Guide entry for Grimlok
  12. ^ Adventure Guide entry for Revelosh
  13. ^  [Priceless Rockjaw Artifact]
  14. ^ a b A [46] All's Fair in Love, War, and Archaeology / H [46] It's Not About History, It's About Power
  15. ^ A [2] Make Hay While the Sun Shines
  16. ^ a b c d e Borgstrom, Rebecca; Eric Brennan, Genevieve Cogman, and Michael Goodwin. Manual of Monsters, 98. ISBN 978-1588-4607-07. 
  17. ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment. Monster Guide, 135. ISBN 9781588469366. 
  18. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. Monster Guide, 135, 136. ISBN 9781588469366. 
  19. ^ a b c Blizzard Entertainment. Monster Guide, 136. ISBN 9781588469366. 
  20. ^ Borgstrom, Rebecca; Eric Brennan, Genevieve Cogman, and Michael Goodwin. Manual of Monsters, 89. ISBN 978-1588-4607-07. 
  21. ^ Uldaman#History
  22. ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume II Issue I, Titanic creations lineage chart
  23. ^ A [12] In Defense of the King's Lands
  24. ^ The League of Explorers: Uldaman - Now Live!